The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response.
Today the institute reports 8 988 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 470 746. This increase represents a 19.8% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 555 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 72 992 to date.
14 971 894 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||8 325 668||56%||20 537||20 537|
|PUBLIC||6 646 226||44%||24 775||24 775|
|Total||14 971 894||45 312|
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape and Gauteng which accounted for (25%) each, followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19%) Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 5%; Free State and Limpopo accounted for 4% each; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases
The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 02 August 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 02 August 2021||New cases on 03 August 2021||Total cases for 03 August 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 8 988) is higher than yesterday (n= 5 575) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 11 430)
The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased
7-day moving average number of new cases by province and date of reporting, 12 April 2020 to date, South Africa.
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There has been an increase of 636 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.
|Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
|Private||257||176 519||31 599||7 946|
|Public||412||193 246||46 590||7 842|
|TOTAL||669||369 765||78 189||15 788|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases